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Two years ago, I never thought I’d see Tier Gear. Even Tier One was
from Molten Core, an instance people from small, friendly guilds like
the Ravens could only hope to see if they put in the time and effort to
go raiding in a 40 man raid alliance. I’ve never had that time, and am not
likely to ever do so.

With the Burning Crusade and Karazan, the very fringes of Tier Gear
became available to us.  And, in Wrath, all the raids will have 10 man
versions. For the first time, all of the content becomes available to
more casual players, like myself. And that’s a huge change. For the first time, the whole of the new expansion is available to me in a form that makes sense. Sure, I might never kill Arthas in a 25 man group, but I should be able to face off against him in a 10 man.) People with less time to  commit to the game, or a smaller guild, are no longer second class citizens. They’re no longer barred from finishing quest chains by the need to get 25 people together regularly. And that’s huge. That’ll keep more people in the game longer. It gives us, as a guild, a real incentive to get our mains levelled once the new game hits.

I’m more excited about Wrath than I was BC, simple because I’ll get to experience more of it. And that’s got to be a good thing.

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(I also bagged the Forestlord Striders from Chess. And they match my new gloves. Glee!)

(And while I remember, I also grabbed the Edgewalker Longboots, which will boost my kitty-cat gear. Hurrah!)

Rattyleaf

In honour of the orc-in-a-dwarf’s body’s special 100,000 vistors celebration day, I present Leafshine, getting down with her inner Ratshag, out on Netherwing Ledge.

Congrats to the Rodent Molester on his large number of strangely obsessed visitors. Personally, I think they’re all Galertruby fans…

Now, back to grinding about a million Netherwing Shards. And don’t even talk to me about killing the couriers…

No_wrathLadies, Gentleman and Hunters.

Thank you for coming. I have an announcement to make. From now, until the launch of Wrath of the Lich King, this blog will be a Wrath-free zone.

I’m not a big fan of spoilers. I like to be surprised by new areas as I enter them. I like quests to be a genuine surprise. If possible, I do instances spoiler-free, so as to capture the excitement of the unknown. As far as possible, I want to come to Northrend with fresh eyes, the second the EU realms come up on launch day. And so, I won’t be joining the Beta, I won’t be reading spoilered blog posts and I most certainly won’t be posting any beta-specific information here. For the time being, this is a Burning Crusade blog and proud!

Let’s face it. You’re not short of spoilerific blogs to choose from if you want a good regular dose of expansion spoilers to keep coming your way. Here, I’ll be concentrating on making the most of the game in the months before the expansion launch, and we all dive into another 10 level grind…

After the patch went live this morning, I logged into Amontal, a previously unmentioned member of Team Leafy (and the longest-standing one, to boot). There, in his mailbox was a letter alongside his stipend from Leafy:

Amontals_mail

Isn’t that cool? A letter informing the character of not only the availablity of riding skill at 30, but also where to go to get it.

My question: is this new in 2.4.3, or was it introduced earlier, after Leafshine got her mount, but before today?